The Quarterback Carousel Continues for New York Jets
Added by Justin O'Connell on September 1, 2013.
Following an atypical off-season, the New York Jets finish off the preseason with an abnormal victory. The Jets defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 27-20, on a warm summer night, lead by Matt Simms. The former Don Bosco star went 33/44, with 288 yards, and led the Jets to three touchdown drives, more than Geno Smith and Mark Sanchez could say. Both Sanchez and Smith sat out the entire game, though for different reasons; Sanchez because of injury and Smith didn’t play due to the coach’s decision.
Rex Ryan surprised most, by declaring that Smith would not play. Not playing Smith because of fear of an injury is not the right route to take. Smith hasn’t even played in four quarters this preseason and not allowing him to play Thursday, was more damaging to Geno than helpful. However, Geno Smith and coach Rex Ryan believe that this game was very beneficial for Smith.
“Mental reps. Lots of mental reps. Just seeing how Marty (Mornhinweg) calls the games (while I was) standing right next to him and having that earpiece in allows me to hear every single play that goes in. It gives you a chance to play situational football when you’re not in and I think it’s really helpful, especially for me not having played (in) many situations in this league. It’s very helpful,” Smith said after the game.
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His replacement for the game, and most likely the Jets new 3rd string quarterback, proved he has serious game. Simms started off the game 6-11 for 42 yards and a safety, but after that, he was on a roll, including a 20-22 streak. Phil Simm’s son has showed he has a little Brett Farve in him, with his gun slinging mentality and rocket arm.
“Oh, I tell you what, this young man has really improved, now. Oh my goodness. He always had that big arm and everything else. He clearly has the arm talent to play in the league, but quite honestly I don’t know if I’ve ever seen somebody make the improvements he’s made. A lot of that credit goes to Marty (Mornhinweg) and to David Lee, but most of the credit should go to him. I mean, he’s been resilient. He stayed in there and has really done a great job of learning the system. He’s been absolutely outstanding in these preseason games so you certainly have to tip your hat to him,” Ryan said.
QB Matt Simms
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Simms will certainly not be the starter for week one, as it appears that will go to Geno Smith, but he may very well be backing up the rookie. He’s earned a spot on the team and now Rex will have to decide if he wants to cut Simms or McElroy, but after his play on Thursday, it will be hard for him to cut Simms. McElroy who’s been hurt with a knee injury for half of the preseason, only has a real chance of making the team if Ryan decides to go with a four quarterback roster, which isn’t likely.